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1981 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Blend - France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape - Red

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape

Red Rhone Blend
Producer Notes

Chateau Beaucastel, run by the Perrin brothers, is regarded as one of the best estates of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. At 131 hectares of vineyards, it is also one of the largest estates in the region. It is atypical of the appellation in its production techniques. It is one of three estates to produce and vinify all 13 grapes permitted under the regulations of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Also, unlike most... More »

Score
91
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2008 VF: 1984-2001
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Author Brian-Mark Cellar
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.909%
Tasted On 02/20/2011

Although a little thin, this wine still performs well even after 30 years, especially after opening up. I disagree with some reviewers, however, in that I don't think it has a lot of life still ahead of it. The color (medium garnet) is lighter and less intense than you see in newer vintages, but with little rim variation. Opens with that classic Beaucastel earthy/barnyard nose, with hints of iodine/menthol, blackberry, mushroom, caramel, leather and tobacco, although the earthy and iodine hints dissapate as the wine opens up. Tannins are pretty much gone and the fruit is not real forward with Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Cherry, Cinnamon, Raisin/Dried Fruit. Light/Medium bodied. Mouth feel is soft, little (smooth) tannin, silky texture. Short finish.

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Author jmv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.619%
Tasted On 03/22/2009
Drink Dates 2009

Perhaps at its peak; or one of its peaks. Earlier this was a powerful wine. Now it is headily perfumed and with the elegance and sweetness on the palate that only comes from age in a worthy wine. Perhaps its last peak. Gorgeous. Drink up.

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Author Jay GB
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Tasted On 12/14/2008
Drink Dates 2008

A tired wine past its prime. Still showed nice leather, and a bit of spice and lavender, but thin and a bit tannic.

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